wilderness LECTURES

Running the length of New Zealand (and other silly ideas)

Anna McNuff on 18/10/2017 19:30

Advance £9.50, Door £10.00, Concession £9.00

Chemistry Theatre, University of Bristol
Anna McNuff (c) Paul Petch

Anna is an endurance athlete, adventurer and mischief maker. Once upon a time she represented Great Britain at rowing, but after ‘retiring’ in her mid twenties, she began darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance challenges. She has cycled over 20,000 miles in Europe and the Americas, including through all 50 states of the USA. She has also run the length of New Zealand, and has a penchant for rollerblading.

She has also spent a month cycling across Europe directed entirely by social media, run the length of Hadrian’s wall dressed as a Roman Soldier, and the length of the Jurassic Coast dressed as a dinosaur; as you do...

Passionate about the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on the lives of youngsters, Anna uses her human-powered journeys as a platform to inspire and enable kids to get outside, and get exploring.


Running the Ahuriri River Valley (c) Peter Race

Anna was never anything like those ‘real’ runners on telly – all spindly limbs, tiny shorts and split times – but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder… perhaps being a ‘real’ runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway?

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometres in a day, she slept wild most nights, and was taken into the homes and hearts of the kiwi people in between.

This lecture focuses on Anna's solo journey through the wilds of New Zealand, but also includes tales from her other human powered journeys around the globe. Settle in for adventure stories told with raw honesty, humour and passion - and learn why fear, self-doubt and uncertainty are all part n' parcel of a life well lived.

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